Create awareness among children to curb Cyber Crime: Expert

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Trivandrum: Lack of awareness among children regarding the safe use of technology and Cyber Crime is the biggest challenge in curbing cyber crime. This can be tackled only with a concerted effort by parents and teachers to create awareness. This was the key takeaway from a session on ‘Women and Cyberspace’ by Dhanya Menon, Cyber Security Expert, at the National Seminar on Empowering Women Cop organised by Kerala Police in Thiruvananthapuram.

In her talk, Dhanya said that while the next generation kids are tech savvy, they are not aware of the safe practices to be followed online especially on social media and on social networking sites and this often lands them in trouble. Parents should take the effort to monitor the online activities of children and correct them and or restrict them even though it is a fact that many parents, teachers and elders often found it difficult to handle the tech-savvy children. “From the policing and legal perspective, organisational and jurisdictional restriction was a major hassle as it often led to the perpetuators of the cyber crime getting away”, she added.

Earlier, inaugurating the two day national seminar, the Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Tribes, P K Jayalakshmi called for increasing female representation in the police force. Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi exhorted the women cops to maintain harmony between work and personal lives.

K S Balasubramaniam IPS, DGP Kerala said that the Kerala Police was devising various programmes for providing more opportunities to women cops. Later he had an interactive session with the delegates.

Manoj Abraham IPS said the idea of organising this seminar was to empower the field level officers, from the rank of CI and below, to make optimum use of their skills and resources. We also want to make them at par with others, a gender free structure where both men and women cops are able to handle the work equally.

Noted social activists Sunitha Krishnan and Adv. Bhuwan Ribhu, and Senior Officers of Kerala Police addressed the sessions on various topics related to empowering women cops during the two day national seminar. About 172 policewomen from 21 States across India attended the seminar which concluded today.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News

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